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Review: ‘Strays’ Is Barking Up The Right Tree

(from left) Reggie (Will Ferrell), Maggie (Isla Fisher), Hunter (Randall Park) and Bug (Jamie Foxx) in Strays, directed by Josh Greenbaum.

Strays, directed by Josh Greenbaum (known for “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar”) and written by Dan Perrault (from Netflix’s “American Vandal”), takes a humorous approach to the sentimental “man and his dog” genre. Unlike traditional dog movies that focus on the heartwarming bonds between humans and their pets, Strays takes a more daring path by showcasing the gritty and challenging realities of dog ownership.

(from left) Reggie (Will Ferrell) and Doug (Will Forte) in Strays, directed by Josh Greenbaum.

The story follows Reggie (voiced by Will Ferrell), a loyal Border Terrier, who is blissfully ignorant of his owner Doug’s (Will Forte) true character. Despite the abusive nature of their relationship, Reggie sees it all as a game. When Reggie finds himself abandoned by Doug and thrust into the city, he joins forces with Bug (voiced by Jamie Foxx), a street-smart Boston Terrier, who opens Reggie’s eyes to the life of a stray.

Initially, Reggie’s only desire is to return to Doug, but under Bug’s guidance, he transforms into a vengeful canine with a singular mission: to get back at Doug in a rather unconventional way. The journey gathers momentum as Maggie (voiced by Isla Fisher), an Australian Shepherd, and Hunter (voiced by Randall Park), a Great Dane, join Reggie’s cause, each with their own quirks and motivations that form a quirky yet formidable team.

(from left) Bug (Jamie Foxx), Reggie (Will Ferrell), Maggie (Isla Fisher), and Hunter (Randall Park) in Strays, directed by Josh Greenbaum.

The voice cast, including Will Ferrell, Isla Fisher, Jamie Foxx, and Randall Park, showcase impeccable comedic timing. Their performances are both amusing and well-calibrated, veering between comedic highs and touching moments. Director Josh Greenbaum, delivers a screenplay by Dan Perrault that keeps the laughs coming, and even if the movie doesn’t delve into the intricacies of the story, it’s a deliberate choice that keeps the focus on the comedic essence of the script.

Reggie (Will Ferrell) in Strays, directed by Josh Greenbaum.

Strays masterfully blends its crude humor with a surprising affection that will resonate with viewers. It’s a unique blend that doesn’t feel out of place, drawing the audience into the world of foul-mouthed yet endearing dogs on a mission. Strays stands as a bold contender for the funniest film of the year.
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